Project Runway: Ep. 2 Faves/Flops

Are you guys as obsessed with season 15 of Project Runway as we are?!

The winning looks for Alice and I were Alex’s dress pant and sheer crop top, Mah-Jing’s dress, and Sarah’s pencil skirt and blouse.  We love how these looks can transition from the work day to a night out:

Top Left: Mah-Jing’s design | Top Right: Sarah’s design | Bottom: Alex’s design

As a bonus fave, we loved Brik’s blazer.  We know the judges were not a fan. We agree, knit pants are not something we go for either, but we would pair that unique blazer with some dark wash skinny jeans or a cigarette dress pant:
blazer.png
Brik’s design
The flops for us were Jenni’s low crotched pants, Dexter’s oversized jacket, and Erin’s dress.  The oversized shapeless styles do not appeal to us. We agree with the judges, a sleeveless version of Erin’s look would have sold us more (we both loved the way her belt accentuates the waist):
Top Left: Jenni’s design | Top Right: Dexter’s design | Bottom: Erin’s design
See you next week, Designers!

Wardrobe Wed: Quick Pick Pattern

Some mornings are just a rush, no matter how much time I give myself! Today I needed to make some snap decisions which resulted in my reliance on patterns.

I find that busy pieces take out any of the effort to create a “look”. Most of what I want to accomplish in terms of style and feel is already meticulously combined in my patterned wardrobe:

Coral + turquoise chevron striped top by Apt. 9 Navy blue linen pencil skirt by Premise

This top doesn’t need any competition so I chose a simple pencil skirt and decided to do without a belt. I couldn’t quite get my belts to work with the stripes. When i doubt, less is more!

With my morning rush, I had to eat into my normal “watch the morning news while putting on makeup” routine:

patterened face

I had time for: Tinted Moisturizer | Eyebrows (ALWAYS) Winged Eyeliner Mascara Lip Balm

This morning provides great motivation for me to lay out my outfits the night before. At least to mentally put one together before bed…

xoxo- Alice

Wardrobe Wed: Light Layers

Day 7 of a heat wave + an industrial AC system = layers upon layers for work!

Not wanting to be too restricted I MacGuyver’d my white drape cardigan into a wrap shirt with the help of two small safety pins. The drapes fell perfectly over my tuxedo pants:

White cardigan by Cable + Gauge Tuxedo ankle pants by Ann Taylor

 The scarf is a gift from Gear that he picked out on a previous business trip to Paris – one of my favorite pieces!  It added both color and an extra layer against my chilly office. I paired with sleel black heels:

Silk floral scarf from Paris, France Black patent leather heels by Comfort Plus

Let’s see how many transitions I make today from being completely bundled up to loosing some layers 🙂

xoxo- Alice

Thursday Threads: Palm Beach Palms

I am a jet setter once again! OK, so its only Florida but I count anywhere with palm trees as a tropical escape.

Palm Beach is gorgeous as ever, but HOT. I have learned to keep my clothing light and simple:

Coral + white palms sleeveless blouse by Saint Tropez Grey pencil skirt by Express

My sand dollar necklace was the only accessory I wore for the entire trip and I lived in these “Marnie” sandals:

Gold sand dollar necklace (vintage) | Cream + gold “Marnie” sandals by Dolce Vita 

I am becoming more Floridian with each trip!

xoxo- Alice

 

Wardrobe Wed: Pixley Print

This skirt packs so much punch that I get slightly nervous anytime I wear it. There is no blending in with this baby!

Once on, however, I remember how much I love the floral pattern:

White t-shirt by Mossimo Floral print pencil skirt by Pixley Eve

I was delighted to see this skirt in one of my StitchFix deliveries a few months back. It is definitely a piece I wouldn’t have been bold enough to pick for myself.

Giving this skirt my full attention, I went accessory free and chose a simple shoe:

Nude pumps by Comfort Plus

Our summer dress code lets me get away with pairing this skirt with a simple tee. It really is all about the print!

xoxo – Alice

Wardrobe Wed: Wedges + White

There is something incredibly satisfying about wearing white. Its crisp, fresh, and clean. Part of the thrill (for me) is going all day sans stains. Fingers crossed!

Riley roll-tab-sleeve button-down shirt by Velvet Heart White pencil skirt by Willi Smith

This chambray top is light enough where I can play with both warm or cool undertones in my accessories. Today warmth wins:

Caramel + cork wedges by Guess Pink, pale green + opal gem bracelet by Mythology

I have this dream of wearing an all white outfit at least once this summer. I am giving myself until Labor day to make it happen!

xoxo-Alice

One Stop, One Piece

Alice gave us fabulous Caribbean looks from her Antigua trip which got me thinking about bathing suit season.  Celebs are seen in the bathing suits year round but for us New Englanders we have a short bathing suit window.  The one piece is my favorite bathing suit silhouette and there are some very trendy one piece options now.

JLo enjoying a Vegas pool party was my recent inspiration.

FullSizeRender-16

Photo from In Style J. Lo hosting the Carnival Del Sol Pool Party at Drai’s Beach Club

IMG_5465

All one piece suites are from Lord & Taylor

I love the Michael Kors knot and ruching front because it accentuates a flattering waistline.  The white Michael Kors offers trendy, conservative cover.  The Karen Kane bright pop of color and deep-v halter neckline is a sexy beach look.  

Talk soon,

Joy

Wardrobe Wed: The LBD

No closet is complete without some form of the LBD: Little Black Dress. Joy and I each had a chance to rock our LBD’s for two different celebrations.

I discovered this little black “romper” at Marshall’s while on the hunt for a perfect 30th birthday outfit. Yes, I have officially joined the #dirtythirty club:

Faux front wrap romper by  BCX “Tabetha” wedge sandal by Guess

I glammed up my look with false lashes and a bold red lip:

FullSizeRender (82)

“Demi Wispies” lashes by Ardell “Perfect Pout” matte lipstick crayon by Bitzy

Joy could not leave this fabulous find behind, a Nanette Lepore fit & flare on sale at Lord & Taylor, for a semi-formal wedding. Joy loved its classic fit and sophisticated knee length hem.

The split neckline gives this look a little edge for the evening garden nuptials:

FullSizeRender (83)

Beige Moda gladiators from DSWGold + Black bangle by Kate Spade Gold drop eearings

 

With a summer full of bachelorette parties, birthdays, and weddings, we will be breaking out these LBD’s often 🙂

xoxo- Alice

Wardrobe Wed: Exposed Zipper

Zippers have a true Cinderella story. They were meant to be kept hidden at all costs and used for the sole purpose of “tidying” up garments until its fairy godmother (AKA fashion week circa 2009) transformed the zipper into the flaunted fashion detail it is today.

Today’s look embraces the zipper with open arms!

Navy Sheath Dress with Gold Zipper accents by Sharagano

What you can’t see is the coordinating gold zipper that runs down the back. I paired with petite gold accessories and open toed sling back sandals.

Gold + Diamond Bar Necklace and Diamond Band Ring Beige Snakeskin Sandals by Tahari

I have been keeping up with my goal of minimal makeup for summer. I went with black mascara and rose tinted lip balm.

FullSizeRender (78)

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara (Black) | Jane Iredale Tinted Lip Stain (Forever Peach)

xoxo-Alice

Caribbean Style

Happy Tuesday!  I just got back from a fantastic week in Antigua! Gear whisked me away to ring in the big 3-0 island style (more on our trip coming later this week) 🙂

I was phone-free 90% of the time, but couldn’t resist snapping some pics of my Caribbean wear.

Goal #1: Fresh-faced and makeup free

Goal #2:  Low-key comfort

Stores Represented: Target | Marshall’s | Forever 21 | Kohl’s | Swimsuits For All 

It was refreshing to spend the week in a bathing suit and without the hassle of going through a daily hair/makeup routine. My summer goal is to commit to a more minimalist beauty regimen!

xoxo-Alice